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Update from Anne Baileff on the outcome of the Higher Education Review (HER)

You will all no doubt recall the industry that we were engaged in as a Faculty during the autumn term of 2015, and the early months of 2015, as we prepared for the Higher Education Review (HER) which took place in February. The final report of the review was published towards the end of April and I am pleased to report that its findings were extremely positive.

The QAA review panel makes judgements about the University’s threshold academic standards, academic quality, the information it provides for students and the public; and enhancements. The panel can judge that the University exceeds (vary rarely awarded!) or meets expected standards, or that it needs to improve in some areas or does not meet expectations at all. The QAA review team formed the following judgements about the higher education provision at the University of Southampton:

This is a very good outcome for us particularly as the report goes on to highlight a number of areas of good practice in relation to the wide-ranging and interdisciplinary opportunities that the University makes available to students, and the strategic approach and commitment to enhancement. View the full report here.

The Faculty made a major contribution to the review, in that we submitted a significant amount of evidence to demonstrate compliance with QAA standards, largely co-ordinated by our FAR, Briony Thomson, and undertaken by our very capable CQA team. A number of our staff members, including myself, took part in the scrutiny panels; they were Aimie Bellwood, Paula Libberton and Helen Rushforth. Each invested a considerable amount of time familiarising themselves with the University Self-Evaluation Document and the QAA Code in preparation for their ‘interrogation’. All performed brilliantly, were excellent ambassadors for the Faculty and the University, and I have no doubt made a significant contribution to the overall positive outcome.


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